Stopping your bike getting nicked

by cactuscat   May 28, 2009  

i've had a bike nicked in the past even though i thought it was well locked. been googling around and found these: which you stick on your bike to make it look shabby. nice idea - any other tips out there?

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I go one better by simply riding a shabby bike, it's so easy, no effort required. AT ALL B)

Spinning on a wheel

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posted by Hammy [97 posts]
28th May 2009 - 13:35


i have heard about people in south africa running and electric current through the bodywork on their cars and shocking the hell out of anyone that touches them. Any chance of retro-fitting some sort of battery powered device to a bike to give the little gits a stinging?

not all carbon is the same.

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posted by Jon Burrage [1081 posts]
28th May 2009 - 14:28


I've got an old but functional banger for commuting and a good bike for serious riding. I can leave the banger locked up in town knowing that because it's old and dirty, it's far less likely to attract the attentions of a thief. I deliberately lock it up next to the shiniest new bikes when I leave it to divert attention in fact. Spraying your bike with WD will mean it'll pick up dirt and look very grubby quickly. Thieves seem to prefer shiny new looking bikes as I've learned through experience.


posted by OldRidgeback [2586 posts]
28th May 2009 - 14:32


I lived in Amsterdam for a few years, and they are the kings of Nicking bikes out there.

Had a bike lock like this;

For three years I had the same lock until I lost the key!

posted by CrispyDuck [36 posts]
28th May 2009 - 16:36


Some interesting stuff on lock busting and bike locking here.

Got to say, I've always taken lock ratings with a pinch of salt, particularly after talking to one manufacturer who explained when we broke his top rated lock in seconds that it was designed to the pass the rating test. He didn't seem surprised we'd broken it because his lock wasn't designed to pass our test.

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posted by Tony Farrelly [4201 posts]
28th May 2009 - 17:27


carry an axe...just in case you catch someone. Not necessarily for your own bike but look out for other people is the only way people will learn, vigilante justice.


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posted by PzychotropicMac [85 posts]
29th May 2009 - 9:53